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$14 million greenway project approved in Gatlinburg

Sevierville's daily paper, The Mountain Press, reports a planned 14-mile greenway for Gatlinburg passed its final hearing last week, but city officials must now find an estimated $14 million in funding for the project.

Most state grants for greenways projects are between $300,000 and $700,000, with local governments paying 20 percent of the amount. However, because of rising community interest, securing grant awards is becoming harder.

Consulting engineer Steve Fritts presented the final master plan, which proposes building the trail in 13 smaller increments. When finished, the pieces would create a connected, paved path beside roads, streams and through some wooded areas that would stretch from the Glades area to downtown Gatlinburg.

See the full project proposal at The Mountain Press.

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